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Useful Contacts


The British Hydropower Association(BHA) represents the interests of all those involved in the hydropower industry.

The British Wind Energy Association the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. www.bwea.com

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) is the world’s largest industry association devoted to the solar electricity market.

The National Energy Federation is an independent national charity which has been working to improve the use of energy in buildings since 1988. 

The Renewable Energy Association represents British renewable energy producers and promotes the use of sustainable energy in the UK.

The Solar Trade Association serves as a focal point for organisations with business interests in the Solar Energy industry. www.greenenergy.org.uk/sta


Visit the Environment Agency’s website for information on flood risk, water conservation, waste management etc.

The Passivhaus Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation that provide leadership in the UK for the adoption for the Passivhaus standard and methodology.

The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) is a network of individuals and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. It provides sustainable building training and certification.

Grants and Funding

The Energy Saving Trust offers impartial advice on the efficient use of energy. They offer grants and information on grants to homeowners, in order to encourage the efficient use of energy.

The Micro Generation Certification Scheme (MCS) is an industry-led and internationally recognised quality assurance scheme supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).  MCS covers electricity generating technologies with a capacity of up to 50kW and heat generating technologies up to 45kW.

Education and Training

Green Dragon Energy runs introductory courses on renewable energy. See website for more details.

Policies and Guidance

The Building Research Establishment(BRE) offers services and advice linked to a complete range of building topics including acoustics, lighting, resource efficiency and sustainability. BRE's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is used to assess the environmental performance of both new and existing buildings.

Visit the BRE website for details on the Green Guide to Specification and the Green Guide to Housing Specification.

The home page for the Department for Community and Local Government provides  information on building regulations, planning guidance and emerging legislation.

The Planning Portal is the government’s online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales. It provides information on Building Regulations, Greener Buildings, Building Policy and Legislation and Good Practice Guides.

This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for East Hampshire District Council identifies design and energy-saving/efficiency measures, provides guidance on renewable and low-carbon energy solutions, considers water use efficiency requirements, addresses the materials and methods used in construction and provides clear guidance for anyone applying for planning permission. 

Supplementary planning documents | East Hampshire District Council (easthants.gov.uk)